For four years, the Climb for Cancer has been held at the Prince George cutbanks to raise money for the Kordyban Lodge, which provides affordable and compassionate care for Northern BC residents receiving treatment in Prince George, helping make the mountain they must climb when battling cancer a little easier to overcome. This year, COVID-19 temporarily postponed the fifth edition of the Climb for Cancer, but it has been re-imagined and is now happening on August 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm each day.
How the re-imagined Climb for Cancer will run
The premise is still the same: participants climb the cutbanks, which are a symbol of the immense physical and emotional struggle people face when given a cancer diagnosis and while undergoing treatment, and raise money for the Kordyban Lodge prior to their climb.
What’s different this year is that the climb will be spaced out over four days and a team will be scheduled to climb the cutbanks every 20 minutes so physical distancing can be maintained in order to protect the health and safety of participants. After teams and solo participants register, the Climb for Cancer Planning Committee will contact them and ask them to pick a date and time to climb. Early registration is recommended so there are more dates and times from which to choose!
The day of each team’s climb, participants will gather at the bottom of the cutbanks no earlier than 10 minutes before their scheduled climb in order to ensure physical distancing is possible. Volunteers will meet each team at the bottom of the hill to provide them with instructions for their climb and to cheer them on as they climb. They’ll also take a photo of each team so team members can post it to their social accounts and tag the Climb for Cancer @climbforcancerpg or by using #climbforcancerpg.
As in past years, teams are encouraged to dress up if they want and to have fun! And make sure to bring lots of water and some snacks as water and food won’t be provided this year.
How to register, donate, or volunteer
If you’re wondering if you can climb the cutbanks, the answer is yes! Anyone can climb, regardless of your age or fitness level: you can climb straight up the cutbanks if you’re feeling really energetic or taking the easier trail to the right of the main path.
Registering yourself or a team to take part is easy. Just head to www.climbforcancerpg.ca and click on the “Sign up” link. From there, you can create a fundraising team, join an existing fundraising team, or start your own fundraising page if you’d prefer to do a solo climb.
Once you’ve registered, you can start raising money for the Kordyban Lodge! You’re asked to fundraise in advance of your scheduled climb date and time by sharing your team or personal fundraising page via email or social media with family and friends. You can also collect cash donations and provide them to volunteers the day of your climb.
If you’re uncomfortable participating in the Climb for Cancer this year due to COVID-19, you can choose to register and make a donation without climbing or donate to a team or individual of your choice. You can also volunteer to help on one of the climb days by messaging the Climb Committee on Facebook or Instagram.
If you registered for the Climb before COVID-19
If you registered a team or yourself for the original Climb for Cancer date, then all you need to do is pick a time to climb and resume fundraising! A Planning Committee member will reach out to you to schedule a time to climb that works best for your team, but you can also contact the Committee via Facebook or Instagram to pick a date and time.
All money raised stays local
The Climb for Cancer is unique in that all money raised stays local. Every dollar, drop of sweat, and achy muscle will fuel the resources needed to maintain the Kordyban Lodge, which has an annual operating budget of around $1-million.
The Lodge relies heavily on donations to help cover the costs associated with providing a safe and affordable home-away-from home for people from central and northern BC communities receiving cancer treatment in Prince George. The Climb for Cancer is the main fundraising event for the Lodge, but donations are accepted and needed year-round.
Participants and sponsors have raised a phenomenal $172,000 since the first Climb for Cancer was held in 2015. This money has assisted the Lodge in providing compassionate, safe and affordable care to the more than 800 guests it serves every year.
Every step counts. Register for the Climb for Cancer today and get ready to tackle the cutbanks on August 8, 9, 15, or 16!
About the author: Christina worked first as a radio journalist and then a public relations specialist in her hometown of Prince George for almost a decade before transitioning into her current role of Workforce Development Officer in the Economic Development Division at the City of Prince George. She has public and private sector experience in economic development, external and internal communications, marketing, social media and website management, event planning, and research. She has a passion for storytelling and for providing support to local businesses to help them grow and thrive.